Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs programs, including the OHIO Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), TechGROWTH Ohio, LIGHTS Regional Innovation Network and Social Enterprise Ecosystem (SEE) have stepped up to provide increased support to entrepreneurs and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and response.

Lissa Jollick, OHIO SBDC Regional Director, confirmed that they have experienced an increase of new clients registering for their services by approximately 500% or more over a similar time.

Primarily, the SBDC counselors are guiding business owners through the programs established as part of the federal stimulus bill, the CARES Act.